OK, so following on from last week…you have survived the earthquake…but what about that tidal wave that is approaching the shore? This is serious stuff…so here are some more disaster tips…
I was intrigued to discover that there are 3 types of tsunami…
- distant source with 3-12 hours travel time to New Zealand
- regional source with 1-3 hours travel time to New Zealand
- local source with less than 1 hour travel time to New Zealand
The source will influence the response but there is little you can do about a local one. You need to be aware of natural triggers such as earthquakes and the sea receding. Many coastal cities have emergency sirens.
- Do NOT go down to the sea or to rivers.
- Civil defence advice will be broadcast on the radio (and there are many civil defence registration points in the country – you should proceed to your local one in an evacuation).
- Obey the instructions of civil defence and emergency services.
The aim is to get to high ground if possible. Be aware that phone networks may be down and if you have a portable radio and batteries, take it with you.
Do NOT go back to the sea until you are told it is safe to do so as the first wave is often followed by more.